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February 21, 2008
Vectron International Introduces a GPS Quality TCXO in a Size Reduced 3.2x2.5mm LCC Package

New VTM3 Offers Customers Flexibility of Smaller, Lower-Power Oscillator Without Compromising Phase Noise Performance or Stability

HUDSON, NH VTM3Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced its smallest temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) to date. The new VTM3 TCXO offers similar phase noise performance to Vectron's proven VTC4 and VTC1 TCXOs in a 50% smaller package (3.2mm x 2.5mm), enabling customers in the communications, industrial, test and military markets to benefit from the flexibility of a smaller, lower power oscillator without compromising the tight stability and superb phase noise performance they have come to expect from Vectron TCXOs.

"Vectron is continually working to combine its investment in innovation and next-generation technology with creative uses of existing technology to develop advanced solutions that meet ongoing demands for smaller, low cost, high performance designs," said Alan Mond, vice president of global sales, Vectron International. "Our new VTM3 TCXO provides customers with superior phase noise performance and enhanced frequency stability in a smaller footprint, enabling them to lower total cost of ownership, bring products to market faster and achieve their product visions."

A key challenge in miniaturizing any oscillator platform is that, typically, oscillator phase noise increases as its size is reduced. Leveraging advanced crystal design and simulation techniques, Vectron was able to ensure the VTM3 offers phase noise performance comparable to its previous VTC1 and VTC4 generations (with a phase noise floor of -155dBc/Hz) in a significantly smaller package. At the same time, the new VTM3 improves further upon previous TCXO generations by providing enhanced frequency stabilization in an expanded temperature range (enabling the stabilization of frequencies between 8MHz to 45MHz in a temperature range of -30 degrees to 80 degrees Celsius at better than 0.5ppm).

The new VTM3 TCXO is optimized for use in a wide range of wireless RF applications, including in GPS, in-car navigation, pilot locator, security/tracking, WLAN, WiMAX and WiFi base stations, Bluetooth, digital cameras, PHS, RFID, test equipment, and wireless meter readers. Generally available as a fixed-frequency TCXO, the VTM3 can be ordered with a voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) function for applications such as seismic exploration, base station, video transport and WiMAX timing, where it will be used in a PLL or where the output frequency needs fine tune adjustments. And, with current consumption as low as 1mA, the new VTM3 TCXO is ideally suited for battery powered applications, such as PDA's, satellite radios, mobile TV, point-to-point radio and handsets.

Additional features include:
  • 2.8, 3.0, or 3.3 Vdc supply voltage
  • Output frequency range of 8 to 45 MHz
  • Hermetically sealed ceramic SMD package with gold over nickel contact pads
  • Compliant to RoHS directive and fully compatible with lead free assembly
Vectron's new VTM3 is currently available. For more information on this or any other Vectron products please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of frequency control, sensor, and hybrid product solutions. Vectron solves complex timing, filtering and sensor challenges by delivering customized solutions that speed time to market and offer low total cost of ownership. Vectron uses the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Committed to the industry's highest quality service standard and complete satisfaction, Vectron International leverages its global footprint and 50 years of experience to help customers achieve competitive differentiation and improve their bottom line. Vectron International is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please call 1-88-VECTRON-1